Stonemasonry company fined for HSE breach

20 November 2014

A stonemasonry company has been fined over £200,000 after a worker died erecting a wall in 2010.

The company has been found guilty of corporate manslaughter and in breach of the Health & Safety at Work Act. The HSE has branded the death as “completely avoidable”.

HSE Inspector Peter Snelgrove commented “The drawings for the work were wholly insufficient, and the overall execution of the project fell significantly below the standard required and expected of a competent masonry company.”

The family of the victim came out and said after the hearing, “We hope that it is understood that following such legislation and its guidelines provides a working environment where incidents such as the one that claimed the life of David are easily avoided.”

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